About 900-1000 people attended the annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 20 held at the College Center.
Compared to last year’s Harvest Festival, this year had “a lot more community involved,” said Saul Aguilar, executive secretary of Student Senate. Last year had only 650-700 attendees, compared to the about 1000 this year.
Though not required, the price of admission encouraged were two non-perishable canned food items. Portion of the food items would go to the United Automobile Workers and the Commodore Cupboard; the campus’ food drive. There were a lot of donations.
The UAW donated money towards the festival, with it being used to buy what was needed, with most of the money being spent out of pocket from the Senate themselves, said Eric Skinner, vice president of Student Senate.
It contained many activities such as scary bingo, witch toss, pin the tail on the monster, balloon pop, an arts and crafts table, and face painting. The movie Hotel Transylvania 2 was also shown as well as there being popcorn and a food truck at the event.
Cotton candy and hot chocolate were sold with the money going towards Student Senate scholarships said Deborah Porter, financial secretary of Student Senate. There were also opportunities to get pictures taken, with the money going to the same cause as well.
There was a costume contest in which over 400 people had participated in. There were four categories for the contest; most cutest, most scariest, most funniest and most creative, with community children winning each of the four said Porter. Those who won received a trophy and a certificate said Skinner.
There was also a contest for the volunteers, with best decorative trunk and best volunteer costume said Skinner.
“It was more decorative than last year. We spent a little more [this year] that’s why it turned out so well,” said Skinner. The Student Senate all pulled together to make it all possible. “It was a team based effort,” said Skinner as he also says that not one person did it all, and the Student Senate had a full team this year to help out.
The Student Senate had received input from the community it was the best Harvest Festival so far.